Oregon appeals court throws out university gun ban

Oregon appeals court throws out university gun ban
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state appeals court has ruled that the Oregon University System cannot ban guns on college campuses.

A three-judge panel ruled Wednesday that only the Legislature can regulate the possession of firearms under a 1995 law intended to prevent cities from creating their own gun bans.

A university system spokeswoman says the gun ban was developed in the 1970s and was modified in 1991. OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner says administrators are considering their legal options.

The law was challenged by the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation after a Western Oregon University student was sanctioned for carrying a gun on campus.

Because the gun ban was found to violate state law, the judges did not evaluate whether it also violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects gun rights.